The Presidency: Say a Prayer for Gorbachev

Say a Prayer for Gorbachev

George Bush has watched with concern the mounting fatigue and stress that show in the face of Mikhail Gorbachev, caught now in the riptide of Soviet unrest. It is midsummer in Washington, and the President is heavily engaged in trench warfare with Congress. But a part of his mind is on the extraordinary events in the Communist world and the possibility that before the year ends, he might be called upon to help bolster his weary Soviet counterpart. Strange bedfellows. Strange world these days.

"I don't want to miss any signals from the Soviet Union," Bush told TIME a few days...

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